The 2017 annual NY2LA Sports Spring Extravaganza came to a close over the weekend. Session 2 featured a number of impressive individual performances. Some we saw coming, saw surprised as new prospects emerged in the final evaluation period of the spring. Here are the top performers and biggest stock boosters in Session 2 of the NY2LA Sports Association 17U Division…




Justin Brookens – 2017 – PG – DTA

Brookens has just been going off and hasn’t stopped this spring. He dropped 29 points and three assists in a win over Team Elite. Brookens also had a 27-point, seven-assist performance in a loss to MBA Select. The league’s leading scorer (22.0 ppg), Brookens averaged 20.8 points per contest in Minneapolis. An ultra-quick guard with outstanding handles, Brookens is one of the toughest players in the association to just stay in front of. An overlooked unsigned senior, Brookens continues to state his case for being a scholarship player. 

Musa Jallow – 2018 – SF – Team Blaze Select 
Jallow scored in double figures in five-straight games and made it look so easy. He went off against Kessel Heat, going for 24 points, seven rebounds, and six assists on just 12 shots. Then posted 21 points and six boards in short work of the Reach Legends on just 10 shots. Jallow also flited with a triple double against Mac Irvin Fire, racking up 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists. Jallow is just a ball player that makes tons of plays in a variety of areas. Offensively, you can clear out and let him go to work from the perimeter, block, or high post. One of the most dominant, all-around weekends, Jallow averaged 17.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per contest in Session 2. 

Monty Johal – 2018 – SG – Yanders Law
Johal had a very efficient weekend scoring the basketball. Arguably the top isolation scorer in the association, Johal had five double figure scoring efforts in Minneapolis. Johal hit the 20-point mark three times in Session 2, including a 26-point, seven-rebound, five-assist effort in a close win over MBA Select. In five games, Johal averaged 19.6 points per contest. An improved passer and creator, Johal also 3.0 assists per game, aiding to his team’s high scoring average. 

Mitch Listau – 2018 – G – Wisconsin Swing
Listau was in double figures in four of five games this past weekend. He averaged 15.0 points per contest, including a 20-point effort in a win over Mac Irvin Fire. After a rough shooting effort in the opener against Omaha Elite, Listau shook it off and finished very strong the rest of the way. The lefty has a smooth shooting stroke with the knack for hitting tough, contested shots. He can also put the ball on the deck and possesses excellent body control in traffic. A guard that does a little bit of everything, Listau also posted 3.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. 

Xavier Pinson – 2018 – PG – Mac Irvin Fire
Not sure anybody put on a show quite like Pinson did. In his first two outings, Pinson raised eye brows, going for 18 points and five assists in short work versus Kessel Heat. He followed that performance up with 23 points and five dimes against AUSA Hoops. For the weekend, Pinson posted 15.8 points, 3.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 2.0 steals per game. Pinson was simply electric. His ability to hang and finish around the rim had coaches and fans buzzing. Pinson was also like a swiss army knife in transition, just cutting apart even some of the best defensive efforts. Pinson’s work landed him his first scholarship offer from Western Illinois. 

Marlon Ruffin – 2018 – G – Playground Elite
Ruffin helped Playground Elite to a 3-1 record in Minneapolis. In four games, Ruffin was in double figures throughout, averaging 14.8 points per contest. An all-around guard that contributes across the board, Ruffin also posted 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game. A bulldog of a guard that works hard for the best shot available and rarely settles, Ruffin shot better than 50 percent from the floor in all four contests as well. A terrific athlete with upside and tremendous defensive ability, Ruffin is attracting more and more Division 1 programs each time he steps on the floor. 

Ethan Schuemer – 2018 – PF – Mercury Elite
Schuemer was in double figures in all five games for Mercury Elite, who won each of them. His best performance came against Yanders Law, where he went for 24 points and nine rebounds. A versatile big with great touch from mid-range, Schuemer shot at least 50 percent from the field every time out. Schuemer has a good blend of finesse and strength, making him a very difficult matchup. His Session 2 numbers were terrific, posting 16.6 points and 7.6 boards per game. 

Djuan Seal – 2018 – SG – REACH Legends
You know pretty quickly if Seal is going to have his shot working and when he does…watch out. While he continues to be up and down, Seal had two 20-point efforts, including a 25-point performance that led to a big win over the Minnesota Comets. Seal averaged 17.0 points per game in Minneapolis. A high volume scorer, Seal still managed to shoot 50 percent or better from the field in three of five games. An excellent rebounder for his size, Seal gets the job done on the defensive glass and also seeks out second chance opportunities at a high rate. He finished the weekend by averaging 6.6 boards per game in Session 2. 

John Wheeler – 2018 – G/F – Illinois Irish
Wheeler is a worker with arguably the best motor in the 17U Division. It’s evident that there’s not a bit of energy wasted when Wheeler laces them up. A steady performer, Wheeler had three double figure games over the weekend. A player that can attack the basket, stretch the floor, and make hustle plays, Wheeler just seemed to be everywhere. The rest of the stat box doesn’t always do him justice with how many rebounds and second chance opportunities he keeps alive. A hard-nosed prospect, Wheeler is one of those guys you hate to see on the opposite sideline. 

Grant Basile – 2018 – F – Wisconsin Shooters

Basile proved to be a mismatch problem in Session 2. He averaged 11.8 points, shooting an even 50 percent from 3-point range along the way. Basile had his best performance on Sunday, going for 20 points, eight rebounds, and three assists in a win over RL9. He was also one rebound shy of a double-double against Grand Rapids Storm, posting nine points and 10 rebounds in another win. Working hard on the glass, Basile had five or more rebounds in all four games in Minneapolis. 

Zach Lattimer – 2018 – SG – MBA Select
Lattimer shot the ball exceptionally well in Minneapolis. In five games, Lattimer was in double figures in four of them, including a 21 point performance on 7-of-11 shooting in a win over the Illinois Irish. He finished the weekend with 19 points in a loss to RL9. A terrific 3-point shooter, Lattimer racked up a whopping 19 triples in Session 2. In the win over the Irish, he was 7-for-8 from downtown. For the weekend, Lattimer averaged 14.8 points per game, while shooting 51.4 percent (19-37) from beyond the arc. 

Matt Mims – 2018 – PG – Martin Bros
Loved Mims’ ability to dish the basketball in Session 2. Mims has a terrific feel for his teammates’ strengths and weaknesses and puts them into positions to be successful. Mims racked up 19 assists in four games, posting better than a 2:1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Mims is also a terrific shooter and can also take the reins of the offense when needed. He ended the weekend with 26 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including 4-for-5 from 3-point range a perfect 10-of-10 from the foul line in a win over RL9.

Nate Mohr – 2018 – PG – Omaha Elite
Mohr was deadly from 3-point range in Session 2. Using a quick trigger, Mohr hit a total of 16 triples in five games. He also shot a blistering 55.1 percent (16-29) from beyond the arc as well. He averaged 12.4 points per game, scoring in double figures in all but one contest. Mohr’s shooting and spacing of the floor allowed other to work and find driving lanes as well. Forcing opponents to respect his shooting ability, Mohr was a big reason why Omaha Elite went 4-1 in Minneapolis.

Jared Petrie – 2018 – G/F – Wisconsin Blizzard
Petrie quietly had a very balanced, all-around effort in Minneapolis. Few players have as much value to their teams as Petrie does just about everything for his team. In five games, Petrie averaged 13.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.6 steals per game. Petrie scored well despite never taking more than 10 shots per game, while shooting above 50 percent from the field in four of five outings. His defensive intensity and rebounding was outstanding as Petrie recorded a whopping 13 steals.

Aaron Shoot – 2018 – PG – Quad City Elite
Quad City Elite suffered through some tight, heartbreaking losses, but Shoot was steady and helped get his team a big win over previously undefeated Playground Elite before going home on Sunday. Shoot scored in double figures in three of four games, beginning the weekend with an 18-point performance against the Wisconsin Playmakers. Quad City split their four games, all of which were decided by two points or less. Shoot was solid down the stretch in each. He averaged 10.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game in Session 2. 

C.J. Siegel – 2018 – PG – Wisconsin Playmakers 
He’s without a doubt a scholarship player at the next level, the only question on Siegel is where. A handful of Division 1 programs have been showing interest in this intriguing, athletic point guard. Siegel had a terrific effort against Minnesota Select, scoring 22 points, including 5-of-9 from 3-point range. Also a Division 1 football recruit, Siegel has plenty of speed and explosiveness with the ball. He can create his own shot offensively and is comfortable pulling up off the dribble from just about anywhere on the floor. In four games, Siegel averaged 12.0 points and 2.5 boards per game.

Daijon Smith – 2018 – PG – The Force
Smith impressed with his ability to score off the dribble, particularly from mid-range. He averaged 10.8 points per game in Minneapolis. He was also a pest defensively and challenged guards on the perimeter throughout the weekend. In four games, Smith recorded a total of nine steals. Smith went out strong, going for 18 points (7-13), including four 3-pointers, three steals, and two assists in a loss to Minnesota Select. 

Matthew Todd – 2018 – PG – Minnesota Comets
Not sure enough Division 1 programs are giving Todd a look. Perhaps the best shooter in the 17U Division, Todd is an assassin from mid and 3-point range. If Todd is given an inch defensively, he’s a threat to put the ball in the hole. Todd is a great decision maker, particularly in the pick n’ roll where he’ll just tear apart defenses. An excellent feel for the game and leader on the floor, Todd orchestrates the offense at a high level as well. When he’s on the floor, the ball movement is exceptional and he makes the other four players around him better.